At Galaxy UNPACKED 2017 at Lincoln Center in New York, Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 smartphone. It’s big news that’s spreading fast across social media.

So, you might ask, what’s the big deal in the eyes of Citrix?

Citrix runs on any device—desktop, laptop, Chromebook, thin client, tablet, smartphone—so everyone expects the S8 will be another one of the many Citrix Ready endpoints to choose from.

What’s not expected is another part of their big unveiling today…

Samsung announced the Desktop Experience (DeX), which enables the S8 to operate as a full-functioning Windows desktop. Just pop the phone into a new Samsung DeX docking station, connect a monitor, keyboard, and mouse… and you have a powerful desktop computer – even according to this cynical tech guy .

And not just any desktop computer—your desktop.

How? With secure access to all your business applications and data to be productive from any work location using your dual-purpose S8. I’m not talking about running lightweight, rudimentary apps that allow you to “get by” during an unplanned work-from-home day. I’m talking resource-intensive, graphically rich, enterprise-grade apps—2D and 3D apps that likely would be impossible to run on computers purchased even just a few years ago.

There’s Only One Way To Do This

The only way to use applications on a smartphone that are designed to run on a computer is through desktop virtualization (VDI), which means the apps are installed and run in a datacenter or trusted cloud and securely accessed remotely by workers. And the best way to ensure that this remoting experience looks and feels like a native desktop—across long distances and varying network conditions—is to use Citrix Workspace products and services.

That’s why Samsung partnered with Citrix for delivering a next-generation mobile workspace experience through DeX. Our market-leading technologies—XenApp, XenDesktop, XenMobile, ShareFile and NetScaler—power secure mobile workspaces and the future of work.

Together, Citrix and Samsung can deliver a next-generation mobile desktop experience that has the potential to disrupt the market and better support today’s modern workstyles.

Fewer computers for businesses to purchase and refresh. A more secure, yet flexible, computing environment for admins to manage. Fewer devices for workers to tote around.

And THAT is a big deal.